Madison Square Garden is the site for a divisional clash as the New York Rangers welcome the visiting New Jersey Devils. The match gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 9, and you can watch it live on MSG2.
New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers Odds
New Jersey is 16-12 straight up (SU) and has netted 8.6 units for moneyline bettors this season. 13 of its matches have gone over the total, while another 13 have gone under and just one has pushed. As an away team this season, the Devils are 10-5 SU.
New Jersey has converted on 20.5 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and the teams successfully killed off 81.7 percent of all penalties.
The Devils, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties 4.2 times per game overall during the 2017-18 season, 4.0 per game over its last five outings total, and 4.2 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The teams been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 30.3 saves per game with a .919 save percentage, Cory Schneider (12-9-3) has been the best option in goal for New Jersey this year. Schneider played last night, however, so the team may choose to rest him and instead turn to Keith Kinkaid (5-4-1 record, .896 save percentage, 3.29 goals against average).
Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier will both lead the way for the visiting Devils. Hall has 29 points via nine goals and 20 assists, and has recorded multiple points in eight different games. Hischier has five goals and 15 assists to his name (and has notched at least one point in 13 games).
On the other bench, New York is 15-13 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 0.9 units this season. 16 of its games have gone over the total, while nine have gone under and just two have pushed. It’s 11-7 SU as the home team this year.
The Rangers have converted on just 20.8 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is also ranked 14th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.3 percent of all penalties.
Rangers players have been sent to the penalty box 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five contests. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Henrik Lundqvist (27.6 saves per game) has been the primary selection in goal for the Rangers. Lundqvist has 13 wins, 11 losses, and two overtime losses to his name and has maintained a pedestrian 2.72 goals against average and a .916 save percentage this year.
Mats Zuccarello (five goals, 17 assists) and Mika Zibanejad (11 goals, 11 assists) will pace the offensive attack for the Broadway Blueshirts.
New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, O/U – Over
- New Jersey is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while New York is 1-1 in shootouts.
- Over New Jersey’s last ten games, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-3 in those games).